First Coronavirus Cases Reach Antarctica

First Coronavirus Cases Reach Antarctica

12/23/2020

Since the beginning of the pandemic, there has been no trace of COVID-19 in Antarctica.

Well, this week, the first COVID-19 cases were recorded on the remote continent after 36 people tested positive on a Chilean research base, Newsweek reports.

“Thanks to the timely preventive action,” the Chilean Army said in a statement. “It was possible to relieve said personnel, who, after being subjected to a medical control and the administration of a PCR test… turned out to be positive for COVID-19.”

The individuals who tested positive were sent to the city of Punta Arenas in Southern Chile. They have since been replaced.

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